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Mark Praises Work of Victim Support Scotland

Mark Griffin MSP has recognised the important work of Victim Support Scotland in a recent parliamentary motion, which received cross-party support.

Recognising the organisation’s commitment to supporting the victims and witnesses of crime, Mr Griffin commended the charity on its dedication to hate crime training, noting its new training course, and congratulated the organisation on its recent hate crime conference and report. The report, Fostering a Victim-Centred Approach to Hate Crime, seeks to place victims at the heart of any legislative response to hate crime.

Mark said:

"Victim Support Scotland has a strong track record and is continuing to develop strategies to engage and support victims and witnesses of crime across Scotland.

"From its new training course on hate crime to its recent conference and report on putting victims at the heart of future legislative action, VSS provides a vital service throughout our communities."

VSS Parliamentary, Policy and Research Officer, Kevin Kane, commented:

“Volunteers are the lifeblood of VSS and so we are extremely appreciative that Mark Griffin MSP has drawn attention to their fantastic efforts.

“We are encouraged by the enthusiasm shown for our recent efforts on hate crime, including our report, conference, and new training course, and hope as many people as possible contribute to the hate crime consultation by the closing date of 23 November 2017.”

The full motion can be seen here:

“That the Parliament supports the excellent work of volunteers and staff at Victim Support Scotland; acknowledges the organisation’s continued commitment to victims and witnesses of crime; commends the charity on its dedication to hate crime training and notes its new training course on the matter; congratulates the organisation on its recent hate crime conference and report, which seeks to place victims at the heart of any legislative response to hate crime; understands that there is work to be done to increase reporting of hate crime, and encourages Members, stakeholders and interested parties to respond to the consultation on hate crime by the closing date of 23 November 2017.”

The motion was supported by the following MSPs: Richard Lyle, Anas Sarwar, John Mason, Daniel Johnson, Stewart Stevenson, Gail Ross, Johann Lamont, Iain Gray, Lewis Macdonald, Neil Findlay, Colin Smyth, Alex Neil, Jackson Carlaw, Richard Lochhead, and Kezia Dugdale.

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